Beatrix Lock: ‘Objets Trouvés’

Collage object trouvé Beatrixsluis

The Princes Beatrix Lock will be enlarged with a third lock chamber. In addition, the Lek canal will be widened. The lock and the canal both have great historical value, and therefore have to be managed with care. Bureau B+B defined the preconditions for the landscape integration.

Objets Trouveés
The canal will at a location where remnants of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie still exist. It is presently a nineteenth century military waterwork and a state monument. Removing these objects will destroy the continuity of the defense line and would set a precedent. To simply relocate these objects would be considered the falsification of history. This is the reason why the objects must be set aside in a way that clearly illustrates that they have been moved. They will be moved, twisted and turned. This way, the widening of the canal becomes a legible part of the landscape’s history. The casemates linger as ‘Objets Trouvés’ along the canal.

Monument
The Princes Beatrix Lock was built in 1937 and is a state monument. It is a landmark, one that should not be overshadowed by the new lock chamber. Bureau B+B designed the new chamber as a ‘cut in the land’, that truly does not stick out.

Esthetical Demands Program
The project was tendered with a DBFMO contract. Within this tender Bureau B+B was responsible for the Esthetical Demands Program, concerning the demands concerning spatial quality. This does not only cover esthetics, but also landscape identity, usability and public support and the spatial concept.

  • Location: Pr. Beatrixsluis, Nieuwegein, Netherlands
  • Under construction: 2014-2017
  • Client: Rijkswaterstaat

The objects must be set aside in a way that clearly shows that they have been moved.

collage Beatrixsluis

On the site of the canal widening, remnants were found of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie.

The Princes Beatrix Lock is a land mark, that should not be overshadowed by the new lock chamber.

Impressie Beatrixsluis

the new chamber as a ‘cut in the land’, that literally does not stick out.